the author died before completing this book and his wife finished it, so this is the last book in the Sir John Fielding series. Involves "Mesmerism" and the early experiments with hypnotism and ventriloquism. Finishes the story of Jeremy and Clarissa.
The final Sir John Fielding mystery.
English historicl period mystery, well written, lots of detail.
This book is the final in the Sir John Fielding mysteries. I've read all the books and was not disappointed, although, I expected more from the last of the series. In this book Sir John is asked by the Lord Chief Justice to look into the death of Lord Lammermoor who plunges into the river. After looking into the case Sir John begins to suspect murder and not a suicide. With the help of Jeremy Proctor and the Bow Street runners Sir John comes to an exciting end and solves the murder of Lord Lammermoor.
You soon figure out how the murder was committed. Later you figure out who the prime suspect is. The only this left unsaid is how the suspect initiated the murder.
This is the last book in the series and, while the plot wasn't spellbinding, the wrap up for the series is satisfactory.
Apparently, the author didn't get the opportunity to do so himself, as he also died. Did the butler do it?